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  1. Craige
    Craige August 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | | Reply

    I totally agree, Wil! Do WHAT you have to do WHERE you have to do it!

  2. Chris K
    Chris K August 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm | | Reply

    The only etiquette I practice is to test on my left hand when I am in a situation where I know I’ll be shaking hands. But as far as hiding the fact that I am doing it – nope.

  3. Kathleen Weaver
    Kathleen Weaver August 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | | Reply

    Funny story time. One school year a bunch of us all ate lunch together. I was doing Symlin, at the table, under the table, through my skirt, jabbing my thigh with a syringe. Had been all year, started in June, before school started. Sometime in January, one of the other teachers noticed and freaked. I started to say something and another lady spoke up and said, where have you been, she does it every day. So what?

  4. Joe
    Joe August 12, 2012 at 3:48 am | | Reply

    I agree, don’t inject or test in a public restroom.
    Do it where it is convenient for you. If I’m a a restaurant, I test and inject at the table. Never have gotten any strange looks…. yet. :-)

  5. Linda Carr
    Linda Carr August 12, 2012 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Rebecca, I know this is stating the obvious but have you checked out any of the patient assistance programs? I have worked in Pharma for over 20 years and most manufacturers have a very good assistance program for uninsured. You might want to check their website or the website of the Company that makes your insulin. http://www.pparx.org/

  6. Kate
    Kate August 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm | | Reply

    Amen and AMEN. Bathrooms are disgusting – - why would I go in to one to take a shot or check my suga? I wear my pump on my arm, check my blood at the table, and answer any questions as they come.

  7. Thomas
    Thomas August 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    I dated a woman who said to me while I was checking my sugar at the table, “Can’t you go into the bathroom and do that? It’s embarrassing.” After jettisoning her that night, I have come to find out recently (some eleven years later) that she is (still) alone. No surprise….

  8. Dan
    Dan August 17, 2012 at 8:55 am | | Reply

    I’ve been testing and taking insulin in public for at least 15 years, probably more. I initially worried about the reactions of others, until one day in the breakfast room of a hotel, when a woman with a young daughter came over to me. My first thought was, “Oh oh, she’s going to chew me out.” Instead she said, thank you so much for being so natural with your diabetes: my daughter was recently diagnosed and it’s wonderful for her to see that she doesn’t need to be ashamed of it.

    I’ve never looked back.

  9. Ruth Z Deming
    Ruth Z Deming August 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm | | Reply

    Wil, you are an amazing resource! I just injected 8 units at the table today at a Vietnamese rest. where I had 2 delicious spring rolls and Vietnamese coffee – OMG! – which uses sweetened condensed milk, a PWD’s dream. Since I had a kidney tplant last year, my blood pressure had been perfect until recently. my nephrologist prescribed Toprol XR. Great info about the ‘Pril, which also gives people a coff. My neph, who I used to luv, prescribed too high a dose of toprol, so I cut it in half and so far no side effects. I was esp. worried about sex’l side effects. Disheartening when we’ve gotta be our own ‘docs.’

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